Tim Cook Says Alerts Will Bolster Security of iCloud Accounts

Tim Cook

Apple's CEO Tim Cook took time out from preparations for next week's special event to discuss the companies plans for dealing with recent hacks of customer iCloud accounts. During a week that should have been nothing more than a week of increasing hype surrounding upcoming products, Apple has been dealt with a public relations crisis surrounding nude photos which were illegally obtained from A-list celebrities. As a result, Cook announced that new efforts were underway to rollout iCloud security alerts in the next two weeks. … [Read more...]

Apple Issues Statement Over Claims They Cooperated With NSA To Create Backdoor Access


Apple today issued a statement to TechCrunch refuting implied cooperation with the NSA on backdoor access to their products, including the iPhone. The statement comes on the heels of a report from Der Spiegel which detailed the Office of Tailored Access Operations (TOA) unit and the ANT (Advanced or Access Network Technology) division, with the latter's focus on putting together a knowledge base related to hacking of mobile phones, laptops, networking and other consumer electronics. The group, who specialized in 'backdoors', had a 50-page catalog, allowing NSA employees incredible levels of access. It's complete with pricing, creating a J.Crew catalog of hacking. One such document, DROPOUTJEEP, details a 'software implant' for the Apple … [Read more...]

How to set a passcode on iPhone

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For most people, their iPhone contains all sorts of important data. It contains precious photos, videos, SMS messages, emails, browser history and for some, it contains bank or credit card information. The introduction of Passbook also allows for using your iPhone to make payments. Suffice to say that, in the hands of less than honest people, an iPhone that is not password protected could be incredibly detrimental to the owner. Today we’ll walk you through the process of how to set a passcode on iPhone, along with other tips for keeping your iPhone secure. … [Read more...]

BlueToad Publishing Admits To Being Source Of UDID Leak

About a week ago, the hacker group AntiSec released 1 million UDIDs into the wild, claiming they came from the FBI. The FBI denied this, but now we may know the source of the leak. Digital publishing platform BlueToad has talked to NBC and released a blog post saying the information was stolen from their servers. … [Read more...]

Hacker Group Releases 1 Million Apple UDIDs, Allegedly From FBI

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The hacker group AntiSec has released an enormous log of UDIDs from Apple devices, allegedly gathered from an FBI laptop. There are 1,000,001 devices in the log, and while some information has been removed, there's an awful lot of personal details. Apparently, this comes from a much larger pool of data: … [Read more...]

Newly Exposed iOS SMS Vulnerability Could Lead To Spoofing

Pod2G is a prominent iOS hacker and security expert, who just revealed on his blog a major and long-standing security flaw in iOS. This flaw has apparently existed since iOS implemented SMS, and still exists in the current iOS 6 beta, and Pod2G has implored Apple to fix it. What he's unearthed is a way of changing the UDH (User Data Header) so that it looks like the SMS is coming from a known and legitimate number. In the UDH you can select what the "reply to" number is, even if it doesn't actually get replied to that, and that number is all that iOS displays. So you get a text message from a number you recognize and trust (say, your carrier, bank, or loved one), and when you reply, it gets redirected to the spammer. It would look legit, … [Read more...]

Google Accused Of Secretly Tracking Safari Users


A new report by the Wall Street Journal has leveled a pretty heavy accusation at Google, that they've been intentionally sidestepping Apple's privacy measure in Safari to install cookies without user permission. Both on the desktop and iOS versions of the application, Safari requires permissions to run cookies, unlike most other browsers. The workaround used by Google (and a number of other companies) gets around this by using a quirk in Safari. … [Read more...]

iPhone Exploit Exposed, Security Researcher Has Developer License Terminated


Known security expert and Apple hacker Charlie Miller has uncovered an exploit within iOS that exploits a flaw with Apple's code signing on iOS devices. Miller has found a way to allow for an shady app to make it through the App Store approval process, but then be used for unscrupulous activities. Miller went as far as to plant an app in the App Store that demonstrates how it can be used to download new unapproved commands, allowing them to execute at will. The walled garden of iOS has been one that offered users a sense of comfort, being protected from malware of this sort. The commands could go as far as stealing photos, reading contracts or worse. Miller spoke with Forbes about his intention to display this at  the SysCan conference in … [Read more...]

Apple Bans Passcode Harvesting App

Yesterday we posted about a developer who made an interesting blog post picking apart the most common iPhone passcodes. How did he get his data? He harvested the codes from an app he created called "Big Brother Camera Security," which took a photo of anyone trying to use your phone. It turns out the developer was anonymously — and without permission — recording people's passcodes. While he released this information with the best of intentions — namely getting people to use better protection — us and some others were a bit worried about the fact that he gathere d this info at all. Now we've heard that his app has been pulled from the app store. Even though he was only gathering from his own app, Apple banned his app for “surreptitiously … [Read more...]